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The Kennedy Institute was built with sustainability in mind, and we are always looking for new green practices to reduce the carbon footprint of our research.

The front entrance to the Kennedy building © David Fisher

Our Green Facilities

We use renewable resources as part of our day-to-day operations:

  • The Kennedy Institute runs on 100% renewable energy.
  • Solar panels on our roof generate additional electricity to power our facilities.
  • We harvest rainwater and use it to flush our toilets.

We recycle beyond the basics:

  • No lab waste is sent to landfill.
  • We played a pivotal role in expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling across the Old Road Campus.
  • Old refrigerators are collected for safe recycling.
  • The used grounds from our FairTrade coffee are collected and turned into ‘coffee logs’ as biofuel.

We are committed to saving energy:

  • We adjusted many of our -80ᵒC freezers to -70ᵒC, saving electricity without compromising on storage quality for non-clinical samples.
  • All our lights use efficient LED bulbs and most of them are motion-activated to reduce wasted electricity.

Driving Sustainability in Science

We fully support the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) for reducing the carbon footprint from labs, and encourage our research groups to participate in LEAF.

Our past efforts have been recognised by a series of awards, most recently in 2019-2020 with the attainment of a Beyond Gold Award from the NUS Green Impact scheme.